The flight of the Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 was hotly anticipated in military and aerospace circles.
If the flight worked, it'd show how missiles of this shape and flight pattern could strike targets halfway around the world almost instantly. And that would be a major step forward in the Pentagon's "Prompt Global Strike" plan to attack foes anywhere on the globe in less than an hour. F
The DARPA Falcon Project is two-part joint project between the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the United States Air Force (USAF). One part of the program aims to develop a reusable, rapid-strike Hypersonic Weapon System (HWS), now retitled the Hypersonic Cruise Vehicle (HCV)